Davis may have brought the height that Hermiston lacked, but little did the Pirates know they would be no match for two of the Dawgs’ smallest players.

Sophomore Katelyn Heideman, a 5-foot, 4-inch guard, and junior Makaylee Young, a 5-5 guard, each poured in a game-high 16 points to help Hermiston take down Davis 77-51 in its Dec. 3, home opener for girls basketball.

The Pirates had four players at 6-foot or taller, there was nothing they could do to stop the Hermiston duo from pushing the Bulldogs out front early.

“With their height, they had a disadvantage,” Young said of Davis. “We were able to block them out. We came out with straight fire tonight.”

Heideman opened play with a 3-pointer not 40 seconds into the first quarter. From there, Young hit back-to-back treys, and Heideman sunk one more of her own at the five-minute mark to put the Bulldogs ahead 14-2.

Heideman hit one more 3-pointer, and junior guard Jayden Ray knocked down a bucket in the final seconds of the quarter to keep Hermiston up 25-12 at the buzzer.

“They were confident,” Hermiston head coach Maloree Moss said of Heideman and Young. “They were ready to shoot the ball. They’ve practiced and practiced. They’re just dedicated girls. They work hard, and that showed tonight.”

Alexis Kessell followed Heideman and Young with 12 points, while Ray had 11.

SUNNYSIDE 51, HERMISTON 46 — Hermiston suffered its first loss of the season Saturday, dropping a 51-46 game at Sunnyside in a nonleague matchup.

A 14-6 Sunnyside run in the second quarter kept the Dawgs down for good. Hermiston outscored Sunnyside 19-18 in the final eight minutes, but could not overcome their early deficit.

Katelyn Heideman finished with a team-high 16 points, three 3-pointers, and a 7-for-7 performance at the line in the fourth quarter for Hermiston. Kendall Dowdy recorded 12 rebounds.

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